Dream role on stage

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US mu­sic the­atre per­former Michael James Scott might al­ways have rem­nants of his glit­tery Ge­nie stage makeup on his face but it only serves as a re­minder he is liv­ing his dream.

Born in Bal­ti­more, Scott’s par­ents de­cided to move the fam­ily near to his aunt in Or­lando in search of more op­por­tu­nity.

“My mum said I sang first be­fore I spoke so I guess it was al­ways in­nately in me to be a per­former, to be a song and dance man,” Scott said.

“They wanted us to grow up in a sub­urb as op­posed to the in­ner city of Bal­ti­more, where it was a tougher es­cape for black men to

not be­come an­other statis­tic. I owe ev­ery­thing to them.”

The move paid off, with Scott mak­ing a name for him­self in the mu­sic the­atre scene and his brother be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful chef for the NBA.

Scott was part of the orig­i­nal com­pany of Aladdin which opened on Broadway in 2014 in the same the­atre where he saw his first Broadway pro­duc­tion and an­other Dis­ney favourite, Beauty and the Beast.

He was the orig­i­nal standby for Ge­nie be­fore de­part­ing the show for The Book of Mor­mon, but fate had not fin­ished his Ge­nie jour­ney yet and he re­ceived a call about star­ring in the Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion of Aladdin, which opened in Sydney in 2016 and will be at Perth Crown The­atre from July 2018. “It’s a dream role,” Scott said. “The Ge­nie is a big kid and the joy and heart and love he has, the essence of the Ge­nie, is a dream to play.”

Michael James Scott

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